Graeme Souness and the Turkish Flag Incident

Cagil Kasapoglu

BBC Witness


In April 1996, the manager of Galatasaray and former Liverpool star, Graeme Souness, went down in Turkish football history. After winning the Turkish Cup final, Souness celebrated by planting a Galatasaray flag in the middle of arch-rival Fenerbahce’s pitch. The Scottish manager almost sparked a riot, but won the hearts of Galatasaray supporters. Graeme Souness speaks to Cagil Kasapoglu.

Photo: Graeme Souness planting the Galatasaray flag in 1996 (Turkish television)

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